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Address: Fairbanks, AK

A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

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Wonderful way to travel to Denali

We were part of NCL tour. Had a private car. Breakfast was wonderful, drinks were reasonable and the scenery was spectacular. Would recommend this trip to others.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were part of NCL tour. Had a private car. Breakfast was wonderful, drinks were reasonable and the scenery was spectacular. Would recommend this trip to others.

Thank Scott M
Fairbanks, Alaska
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78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took gnddgt on train to Denali for her birthday. What fun. Scenery was beautiful. Food was surprisingly delicious for a train and food service was great. Did this year before. You need to do some car at least once. Preferred fbx to Denali portion over Denali/ anchorage years ago did anchorage to gird wood. Wonderful also. Station at girdwood in... More 

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Grove City, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled from Anchorage to Denali and had a very enjoyable ride. We enjoyed the scenery and the staff was wonderful. Rich was our bartender and was hilarious with his really bad jokes. Daisy was our tour guide and was very funny and told amazing stories of her childhood in Alaska. There were only two knocks on the experience; the... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My Mother & I took an 8 hour trip on the McKinley Explorer from Anchorage to Denali. We were all seated on the top level where the windows extended thru to the roof for spectacular views of Alaska. The dining area was located on the 1st level. There was a small stairway to the top level. We had a bartender... More 

Thank T C
Boston, MA
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160 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I deeply regretted my decision to save a few dollars and book seats on the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage, rather than pay what I considered an exorbitant amount for Gold Star Dome service for that leg on the Alaska Railroad. Well, as usual, you get what you pay for. We had a spectacular four hours in the Gold... More 

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Hamburg, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the 8 hour rail ride from Anchorage to Denali. Comfortable seats, great views, clean restrooms, good food and staff superb. My husband and I tried their award winning reindeer chili for lunch. Very good and the chef topped it with bacon, yummy! Our rail guide was extremely knowledgeable of the area sights and history as we traveled along. She... More 

Thank Darlene K
Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled from Fairbanks to Denali National Park. This was a terrific way to make the trip. The scenery was breathtaking and the domed railcar was a fabulous way to take it all in. The cars are two levels you ride above in the dome car and go below to the dining car to sit down for your meal. We... More 

Thank mark-Phila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the train from Anchorage to Denali. The train is very comfortable. The server, Sierra, was super funny and very pleasant. The narrator also did a great job telling us about points of interest along the way. We are lunch and it was super fun to do so, especially with the kids!!!! The views are spectacular and I would... More 

Thank Ann K
Webster, New York
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a dome train ride from Fairbanks to Denali Park as part of the Celebrity Cruise Land Package. The first 1/2 of the train ride is just in the middle of trees with not a lot of scenery, and then you break out into the open to see the real landscape of Alaska when not in the woods. We... More 

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Savoy, Illinois
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The train was comfortable, the crew was very friendly and knowledgeable, and best of all, the view was amazing. The day started with overcast skies and a light drizzle, but thankfully, the weather cleared up in about an hour. What a difference sunshine makes! The temperature was in low 70s, so my sons and I spent half the time on... More 

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